Tourism boom brings hotel occupancy to 70%

The sector creates 4% of the country's GDP

Tourism boom brings hotel occupancy to 70%

PA, Niall Carson

Hotel occupancy is on the rise as Ireland's tourism industry grows - an average of 70% of rooms were filled during 2015.

That figure was an increase on 2014's numbers when 64% of rooms were filled, and the highest level recorded in ten years.

Ireland's tourism industry generated €7.27bn, that was an increase of 10.7% - the sector contributes 4% of the country's GDP.

The Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) says that 2015's strong performance has continued into this year.

The IHF highlights the fact that 33,000 new jobs have been created by the tourism industry since 2011.

It now supports some 205,000 jobs - which is more than 10% of total employment in Ireland, 57,000 of these jobs are in hotels.

Chief executive Tim Fenn praised the competitive prices offered by hotels in Ireland. He says that hoteliers are reinvesting as business improves and that this will create additional employment.